RssReader sample

A mini-app for retrieving RSS feeds and viewing articles, showing MVVM and design best practices. Users can specify the URL of a feed, view articles in a WebView control, and save favorite articles to local storage. This sample runs on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and WinUI 2.4.

Note - This sample is targeted and tested for Windows 10, version 2004 (10.0; Build 19041), and Visual Studio 2019. If you prefer, you can use project properties to retarget the project(s) to Windows 10, version 1903 (10.0; Build 18362).

RssReader app displaying some sample feeds


Note: Features in this app are subject to change.

RssReader demonstrates:

June 2020 update

This update includes:

  • Refactoring for WinUI 2.4 controls, specifically ProgressBar.

September 2016 update

This update includes:

  • General cleanup, commenting, and refactoring for clarity.
  • Improved error handling and performance.
  • Fixes for several bugs related to layout, navigation, browser launch, and URL handling.

March 2016 update

This update includes:

  • A complete redesign of the UI to show effective use of color, type, images, and animated effects.
  • Major improvements to layout, navigation, and window-size adaptivity to support small and large screens.
  • Use of the WebView control to show articles within the app.
  • The ability to rename feeds and to rearrange feeds and favorites.

We implemented the navigation and layout patterns in this sample using code from the XAML navigation menu and XAML master/detail samples in the Windows-universal-samples repo. These samples represent the current minimum recommendations for these patterns, and the RssReader sample will continue to reflect this guidance in future updates.

Please report any bugs or suggestions on the Issues list. All feedback is welcome!

Code at a glance

If you're just interested in code snippets for certain API and don't want to browse or run the full sample, check out the following files for examples of some highlighted features:

Universal Windows Platform development


  • Windows 10. Minimum: Windows 10, version 1809 (10.0; Build 17763), also known as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
  • Windows 10 SDK. Minimum: Windows SDK version 10.0.17763.0 (Windows 10, version 1809).
  • Visual Studio 2019 (or Visual Studio 2017). You can use the free Visual Studio Community Edition to build and run Windows Universal Platform (UWP) apps.

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Running the sample

The default project is RssReader and you can Start Debugging (F5) or Start Without Debugging (Ctrl+F5) to try it out. The app will run in the emulator or on physical devices.

Note: This sample assumes you have an internet connection. Also, the platform target currently defaults to ARM, so be sure to change that to x64 or x86 if you want to test on a non-ARM device.